Are You Boldly Living Out Your Mission?
“Mission is simply having a positive impact on another persons life.”~Sylvia Stinson-Perez
Making a positive impact in another person’s life is powerful and beautiful, and sometimes it takes boldness. Experiencing passion as you live out your life mission is critical to life satisfaction! This does not have to be connected to your work or career, but it is amazing when your work allows for you to live out your mission since we spend so much time there.
Life mission certainly includes our relationships, such as roles of parent, friend, or whatever it is that gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on this world—rather with one person or a huge group. Many people consider, ponder, analyze this concept of “mission” and I think it is simple. I am convinced that life mission is about making a positive impact on another’s life one moment, one encounter at a time.
I also think our mission can change as we journey through life, or we can have multiple missions. Like each of you, I represent many important roles, mother, wife, sister, friend, mentor, employee, volunteer, and daughter (now to my mother-in-law only). Each of these roles are incredibly important to me. I also know the older I get the more I realize the impact I have on others, and the more I want that to be a positive influence and to just make people’s lives better.
Questions To Ponder
Consider each day ways you can make another’s life better, easier, more delightful. It could be a kind word, a smile, a small gift, or connecting them to another person who can help them. In our work, no matter what we do, someone is affected. Our efforts to do our best will make a difference. Will that be a positive experience for them? It is up to each of us.
What energizes you? Can you remember moments in which time did not even matter because you were totally in the flow? Being a mom, spending time with good friends, and fortunately many moments in my career have inspired and motivated me to do my best and to serve others.
Helping others achieve their potential is an important part of my life mission. Recently I had an amazing experience in which I got to spend time with over 70 people who are blind or low vision in a leadership training program. Powerful connections led to increased confidence, and true community. This is part of my “work” but even more so the opportunity to help create this brings me passion, energy, and joy. It allows me to live out an important part of my life mission to help make people’s lives better. It is about helping people live a more bold and beautiful life, and it is extra special when those people are part of my blind/low vision community.
I encourage you each day to find a way to bring beauty to those around you.
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Connecting With Sylvia:
Sylvia Stinson-Perez has spent her career in the blindness field, and is the Chief Programs Officer for the American Foundation for the Blind. Sylvia believes the authentic shared experience of living with vision loss can lead to the development of bold confidence in living with blindness. She loves helping others find their beauty and courage on this journey.
Sylvia has Master’s degrees in Social Work, Visual Disabilities Rehabilitation, and Business Administration. Sylvia is blind as a result of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), however, she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Sylvia is a wife, a mother, a friend, an advocate, and a professional dedicated to making a positive difference. She enjoys reading, cooking, travel, crocheting, writing and public speaking, and time with loved ones.
- Header image: “Life” is written in the beach sand as foamy water makes its approach.
- Feather Pennisetum or Mission Grass closeup mode with backlight the morning sunrise.
- Rear view of a woman with her arms outstretched reaching towards the sky finding harmony in her life.
- The author’s bio photo is a glam photo of Sylvia in a pink dress with spaghetti straps. Her hair is in a fancy updo with a pink flower on the left of her bun.